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Michigan HockeyCast 5.9:  The Michigan of the East

Michigan HockeyCast 5.9: The Michigan of the East

November 29, 2022

With David Nasternak and Alex Drain

This Podcast Has a Sponsor: Michigan Law Grad Jonathan Paul is the guy with the C you want skating next to the ref and pleading your case. He's also a good guy to sit next to at the hockey games.

[Writeup and Player after THE JUMP]

Segment 1: Michigan vs Michigan of the East

  • Backup goalie leads to hole
  • Then the Turbo Jets
  • Michigan Picks Up Where They Left Off
  • What a Fun Night All Around

Segment 2: Around the League, Badgers or Mushrooms, NHL Deadline

  • Check-in on Old Friends
  • Around the League
  • Wisconsin Preview
  • NHL Revelations

MUSIC

  • NHL on ESPN Theme
  • "It Ends Tonight" -- The All-American Rejects
  • Ice Hockey (NES) theme
MGoPodcast 14.13: The Football Guys

MGoPodcast 14.13: The Football Guys

November 28, 2022

3 hours(!!!) and 11 minutes

The Sponsors

Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. Rishi and Ryan have been our biggest supporters from the beginning. Check out their wide selection of officially licensed Michigan fan gear at their 3 store locations in Ann Arbor or learn about their custom apparel business at undergroundshirts.com.

Our associate sponsors are: Peak Wealth Management, HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, Venue by 4M where we recorded this, TicketIQ! and The Nose Bleeds, which is the Sklars Bros’ reboot of Cheap Seats on UFC Fight Pass.

1. General Vibes

starts at 1:00

The story looked like it was going to be "Michigan lost this game because Blake Corum and Mike Morris were out and Michigan didn't have the recruiting depth to make up for it." And then Mike Sainristil completely denies a touchdown with a pass break-up. Ohio State said "make JJ beat us." And then he did. Michigan exposed Ohio State to their 3rd down issues. Ohio State's whole offseason was about saying "last year was a fluke." It wasn't. On 3rd and short, Ohio State is sawft. Michigan has always been behind the meta game vs Ohio State. For the first time in a long time, it feels like Michigan is ahead of Ohio State tactically. Michigan can simulate Ohio State's offense in practice, but can Ohio State simulate Michigan's smash mouth run game? The story of Ohio State last year was they had a bad defensive coordinator and Michigan was able to expose their flaws. This year... they still exposed the Ohio State's defense's flaws. 

[The rest of the writeup and the player after THE JUMP]

2. Offense vs Ohio State

starts at 23:30

Ohio State comes in with a very aggressive defensive approach, so Michigan throws deep to Cornelius Johnson. That same play happened in the Penn State vs Ohio State game. Brian's takes are preserved. Michigan wasn't able to run their go-to offense, but once they hit the deep balls to Cornelius Johnson and Colston Loveland Ohio State had to drop their safeties. THEN Michigan could run their offense. What is a "catchable" ball? JJ had some great decision making, especially on some scrambles and on his touchdown run when Ohio State wasn't set. Olu is Brian's favorite Center, even more than senior Molk. Once again, just a little bit of QB run was able to confuse the defense. Cornelius Johnson's route running was frustrating for much of the year, all is forgiven after this game. They did a lot to set up that RB pass play to Loveland. Colston Loveland is ready now. 

3. Defense vs Ohio State

starts at 1:03:08

Alex's take on the Ohio State offense from a month ago was on point. Once Ohio State gets to 3rd and short, they are horrible. They don't have a consistent run game that can get 3-ish yards. You can't build a run game off of getting either 12 yards or no yards. There were a lot of plays where Michigan couldn't get to Stroud, but CJ Stroud didn't have anything. If CJ Stroud runs at all it might change Michigan's defensive approach but Stroud won't even scramble. The coverage in this game was incredible. Michigan finally gets turnover luck in The Game and it didn't even really matter. There was maybe one bust? Last year Sainristil caught the flea flicker from Cade, this year he went god mode on defense, so next year he'll be the kicker. Will Johnson has grown up. Ohio State had their heads down in the 4th quarter and Michigan knew "we are going to win." The headbutt was probably the end. McGregor had a great TFL to eventually force a punt. God bless Michael Barrett, he didn't have a huge role in this defense but he sticks it out and he had to learn a whole new role. His progress has been outstanding. There is probably some truth to the idea that these players are completely bought into the program. Michigan is now Stanford with more talent. Rod Moore is not boring but in a good way! 

4. Hot Takes and Game Theory

starts at 1:43:38

Takes hotter than Ryan Day's hot seat. Brian's hot takes voice has transcended. The biggest bummer from this game might be that if Blake Corum puts up Donovan Edwards' numbers he would win the Heisman. Ryan Day is a coward and a turtle. Several of Ohio State's punts were probably a "go for it" situation. He is a super conservative coach on 4th down decision making. Some of these decisions might be from the fact that Ohio State has never really needed to play in dogfights or from playing down. Stroud was begging to go for it on 4th down after the 1st and 35, they still punted. Ohio State had a fake punt that they could've gotten a huge gain from, but they botched it. MSU and OSU's hate for Michigan finally backfired. Ohio State seemed like they weren't expecting Michigan to fight back like they did. Michigan's clock management before halftime was probably the right move. That was a gutsy 4th and 1 call, all things considered. Would a punt have been better than Moody attempting a 57 yard field goal? Ryan Day turtle'd and Michigan gets it right, is he on the hot seat? If you play offensive line at Michigan, people will know your name. Michigan is recruiting heavily in Ohio now, what happens when you beat Ohio State? Do any of Michigan's coaches leave after this season? 

5. Around the Big Ten With Jamie Mac

starts at 2:43:24

Jamie gives us his personal takes on The Game. Purdue wins the Big Ten West, somehow. Indiana lost their quarterback on the opening drive. Purdue is a much better matchup for Michigan than Illinois. This year is similar to last year where Michigan dodged a hot Wisconsin team (and Illinois is the new Wisconsin). Northwestern goes 0-11 in North America and 1-0 in Europe. Why is Spencer Petras playing football?? Nebraska wins an improbably(?) game against Iowa. The sins of the Iowa offense caught up with them, Nebraska has a bad defense but the Hawkeyes put up less than 300 yards. Michigan State rushes for 25 yards and fails to gain bowl eligibility - they get rushing rutger'd! Michael Penix is... 5th in the Heisman trophy odds??? Michigan State might be in for another long year next year. Minnesota gets their 3rd win over Wisconsin in five years. Wisconsin gets Luke Fickell as their new head coach! 

MUSIC:

  • "New Day Tonight"--Michael Rault
  • "Three Day Loser"--Joy of Cooking
  • "Tek It"--Cafune
  • "King"--Zayde Wølf
  • “Across 110th Street”
MGoRadio 8.11: Football Armageddon Again

MGoRadio 8.11: Football Armageddon Again

November 25, 2022

The Sponsors

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And let’s not forget our associate sponsors: Peak Wealth Management, HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, Venue by 4M, and we are recording this on SignalWire.

Featured Musician: Shadow Show

The Video:

[After THE JUMP: What we said]

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1. The Game Preview: OSU Offense

starts at the top

AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

2. The Game Preview: OSU Defense

starts at 32:49

AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH but not quite as scary.

3. Illinois After Review

starts at 1:01:07

Looked past them?

4. World Cup, Briefly

starts at 1:16:45

Nil-nil: was that England settling or a sign USA

About the Featured Musician

Shadow Show (Website, Spotify) was recommended to me by the first band I featured this year. They're a three-woman psychedelic garage outfit based in Detroit. Song choices:

  • Shadow Box
  • Contessa
  • What Again is Real (Acoustic version)

Also because Across 110th Street will get our Youtubes taken down, the opener and outro:

  • “The Employee is Not Afraid”—Bear vs. Shark
  • “Ruska Vodka”—Motorboat

THE USUAL LINKS:

 

Michigan HockeyCast 5.8: Greasy Grimy Gopher Goals

Michigan HockeyCast 5.8: Greasy Grimy Gopher Goals

November 23, 2022

With David Nasternak and Alex Drain

This Podcast Has a Sponsor: Michigan Law Grad Jonathan Paul is the guy with the C you want skating next to the ref and pleading your case. He's also a good guy to sit next to at the hockey games.

[Writeup and Player after THE JUMP]

Segment 1: The Games: Minnesota Overwhelms the MASH Unit
  • Outplayed, but still in it until the Gaffes
  • Penalty Talk
  • Still Undermanned, but Played Better...kinda?
  • Expectations
Segment 2: Around the League, Minnesota
  • Check-in on Old Friends
  • Around the League
  • Harvard Preview
  • Wrap-Up

MUSIC

  • NHL on ESPN Theme
  • "Tubthumping" -- Chumbawamba
  • Ice Hockey (NES) theme
WTKA Roundtable 11/22/2022: There’s No Need to Hate

WTKA Roundtable 11/22/2022: There’s No Need to Hate

November 22, 2022

Things discussed:

  • Illinois: Super aggressive defense, got into Cover 2 from weird looks, went 6-2 front and brought down safeties. Plays were there to be made: throws are open, WRs need to catch them and JJ needs to be more accurate.
  • Michigan took it two games at a time. Were afraid to pass until they had to. Had non-Morris ends trying to own the edge and the gap inside it so they could play two-deep, which is not an Illinois prep.
  • Where are the RPOs? Having JJ run is a similar thing, but getting him in rhythm and getting the defense to keep extra defenders out of the play demands that sort of thing.
  • Lots of Cover 1 and Cover 0 and M doesn't like to throw at guys in single coverage. Ohio State was paying attention.
  • Injuries? Corum and Edwards will play but Sam's opinion is they won't be 75%.
  • Seth: We're in the playoffs now, and you win the playoffs like you win in the NFL: my talent against your talent.
  • Michigan went after Witherspoon way too much.
  • Brian: The passing game is where it is because of Michigan's extreme run focus. Michigan ran on 2nd and 14 vs Cover Zero, and there's a reasonable explanation, QED. Seth: Like Kobe and Jaelin's threes, you gotta let them shoot through it.
  • OHIO STATE: A defense of Junior Colsons, but you can't guess where they'll break down ahead of time. Need a "take what you see" approach. They're going to blitz and man up.
  • Seth on hate: we don't want to go to Columbus because it's all about hate to them. Harbaugh's quote—and that's a guy who played in this game—is on. Sam: Hate's great! I love how emasculated they were after last year's game.
  • If Michigan does it again, and Ryan Day is 1-2 vs Michigan, is he on the hot seat?
MGoPodcast 14.12: Hangover Saturday

MGoPodcast 14.12: Hangover Saturday

November 21, 2022

2 hours and 5 minutes

The Sponsors

Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. Rishi and Ryan have been our biggest supporters from the beginning. Check out their wide selection of officially licensed Michigan fan gear at their 3 store locations in Ann Arbor or learn about their custom apparel business at undergroundshirts.com.

Our associate sponsors are: Peak Wealth Management, HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, Venue by 4M where we recorded this, TicketIQ! and The Nose Bleeds, which is the Sklars Bros’ reboot of Cheap Seats on UFC Fight Pass.

1. Offense vs Illinois

starts at 1:00

Turns out Bret Bielema and Brian have something in common. Michigan had a close call but so did the rest of the top 5. Michigan was planning to have Blake Corum throughout this game and with him out in the second half nobody seemed to execute very well, especially the QB run game. JJ seems to have regressed since the Penn State game. Feels like Michigan tried to stick to their game plan with the wrong guys. The holding call on Zinter was a terrible call, the CJ catch at the end of the game wasn't a catch. A lot of officiating strangeness. Is this game that applicable for Ohio State? Their run defense wasn't this aggressive against even Northwestern. A lot of starters were warming up but didn't play, so how much of this game was keeping guys healthy for Ohio State?

[The rest of the writeup and the player after THE JUMP]

 

2. Defense vs Illinois

starts at 41:42

This was the first offensive line that was able to do anything all season to Michigan's defensive tackles. There can only be one Wisconsin and now it's Illinois. Mason Graham came to play in this game. This is a true freshman and Brian can't even. Mike Morris was missed in this game, the pre-season prediction about the defensive end depth being not great may have come true. They're going to have to blitz a lot against Ohio State - force CJ Stroud to make mistakes. Discussing the safety rotation and how it translates to Ohio State.

3. Hot Takes and Game Theory

starts at 1:10:22

Takes hotter than a tie game in the 'Shoe in the 4th quarter. Let's talk about the decision making before the game winning field goal. Does the Lou Groza award winner really need an extra four yards? Field goal kicking discussions, the holding call, and punting. Iowa may actually win the West, in an affront to God.

4. Around the Big Ten With Jamie Mac

starts at 1:34:52

Ohio State has been outgained in three of their last four games. Maryland... Penn State... There are multiple games in which Michigan out-performed Ohio State. SO YOU'RE TELLING ME THERE'S A CHANCE? Getting pressure on Stroud is still going to be the biggest issue for Michigan. 2022 Iowa. This game had the lowest over/under ever for an FBS game... and it was still under. MSU outgains Indiana 540 to 288 in a game where Indiana completes two passes... and Indiana wins? MSU only has one turnover. None of the math adds up. This is a vintage SPARTY, NOOO. The teams exchanged block field goals in the first overtime. Now Michigan State will need to beat Penn State to go to a bowl game which seems unlikely. Wisconsin vs Nebraska yielded an "uh" which sums it up nicely. Casey Thompson came back for Nebraska but their ground game was completely shut down. Northwestern Purdue is an ugly affair. Is Northwestern the best poor weather team? Penn State spanks Rutgers, the end.

MUSIC:

  • "I Am The Moon"--Tedeschi Trucks Band
  • "Someday"-- Julia Jacklin (a Strokes Cover)
  • "Oh Boy"-- Cam'ron
  • “Across 110th Street”
MGoRadio 8.10: Good, I’m Not Crazy

MGoRadio 8.10: Good, I’m Not Crazy

November 18, 2022

The Sponsors

Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. UGP makes custom apparel such as t-shirts and sweatshirts and was founded by 2 Michigan alums over 20 years ago. They have 3 retail locations in Ann Arbor and offer thousands of University of Michigan athletic products for sale, ranging from clothing to accessories and memorabilia. Check them out at ugpmichiganapparel.com or check out our selection of shirts on the MGoBlogStore.com!

And let’s not forget our associate sponsors: Peak Wealth Management, HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, Venue by 4M, and we are recording this on SignalWire.

Featured Musician: Legume

The Video:

[After THE JUMP: What we said]

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1. Illinois Preview

starts at the top

Chase Brown might be hurt. Their running game runs everything under the Harbaugh sun—good thing we've seen that in practice a few times. Their defense will man up and blitz you, except against Purdue for some reason, which didn't work out for them.

2. Nebraska After Review

starts around 2:05PM

Running game execution is a hell of a thing to hang your hat on. Panic about the deep passing game yet? What about getting pressure? Yes, Michigan gets sacks, but mostly against bad competition and late when teams are in comeback mode. DTs are the best part of the defense.

3. Hoops Arizona State

starts around 2:35PM

Sometimes shots don't go down/go down and it's very dumb but this team isn't built to have Hunter do this all by himself.

4. Hockey

starts around 3:00PM

Jett gets a star. Spacing with Hunter is a hell of an offense.

About the Featured Musician

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Legume (Bandcamp, Facebook, Spotify) is a Detroit group fronted by Liam McNitt. It's chill acoustic or plucking-at-a-Fender vibe stuff but there's a hint of funk or jazz that creeps in sometimes. Liam's voice has a Julian Casablancas lilt. The lyrics are clever, though the poetry trips over itself at times.

  • Let's Waste Away Together
  • In My Room
  • Thrill

Also because Across 110th Street will get our Youtubes taken down, the opener and outro:

  • “The Employee is Not Afraid”—Bear vs. Shark
  • “Ruska Vodka”—Motorboat
WTKA Roundtable 11/17/2022: Archosaur Socialism

WTKA Roundtable 11/17/2022: Archosaur Socialism

November 17, 2022

Things discussed:

  • Offense vs Nebraska: Ability to execute the run game is on a ludicrous level. 7 million run plays, only 5 of them went <2 yards and one of those was 2nd and goal from the 2.
  • Defense vs Nebraska: Throttled a bad opponent, but if you can pretend they don't suck there are questions about the pass rush, since they don't have the dudes to win 1-on-1 battles.
  • OL is set up for long-term success—lots of backups performing. They can run power with so many different guys they're messing with keys.
  • We have a "Wide Receiver Insert" play—Ronnie Bell the fullback—which set up the PA touchdown.
  • The way to turn this into explosives is to activate the JJ running game, which they only did for PSU so far.
  • Brian on OSU: I think Michigan can replicate what Evan Hull was able to do. Day had to bring out his Arc Read play that he was surely saving for Michigan. Will have to prepare for Stroud to run some.
  • Seth: Michigan fans are having two conversations: the one about the team that is destroying Big Ten-caliber competition, and the team that extrapolates to in the Playoffs, which for all intents and purposes start next week.
  • Need to get pressure on Stroud: Seth thinks the DTs getting pressure vs their long guards is the key, and a key unknown. Can this OSU receiver corps replicate last year's performance with their skill players banged up?
Michigan HockeyCast 5.7: Adam Fantilli Remains

Michigan HockeyCast 5.7: Adam Fantilli Remains

November 14, 2022

With David Nasternak and Alex Drain

Special Guest Nate Wells (@gopherstate on Twitter) joins in the second segment! 

This Podcast Has a Sponsor: Michigan Law Grad Jonathan Paul is the guy with the C you want skating next to the ref and pleading your case. He's also a good guy to sit next to at the hockey games.

Once again, I'm begging you to visit Jonathan Paul's website link and listen to all of the podcast just DO NOT listen to the ad read. It's at 40:51 so you know when to skip it. Honestly if people listened to it then we'd have to convince Seth to sing more on the podcasts. And nobody wants that... or do you? 

[Writeup and Player after THE JUMP]

 

Segment 1: The Games: Domination and...Collapse

  • Slow start, the Domination
  • Major Debate
  • Another Good Start
  • Second Period Collapse, OT Loss

Segment 2: Around the League, Minnesota with Nate Wells

  • Special Guest Nate Wells @gopherstate 
  • Nate Wells Updates
  • Around the League
  • Minnesota Preview
  • Wrap-Up

MUSIC

  • NHL on ESPN Theme
  • "Who Are You" -- The Who
  • Ice Hockey (NES) theme
MGoPodcast 14.11: Hurdle Fools and Only Fools

MGoPodcast 14.11: Hurdle Fools and Only Fools

November 14, 2022

2 hours and 2 minutes

The Sponsors

Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. Rishi and Ryan have been our biggest supporters from the beginning. Check out their wide selection of officially licensed Michigan fan gear at their 3 store locations in Ann Arbor or learn about their custom apparel business at undergroundshirts.com.

Our associate sponsors are: Peak Wealth Management, HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, Venue by 4M where we recorded this, TicketIQ! and The Nose Bleeds, which is the Sklars Bros’ reboot of Cheap Seats on UFC Fight Pass.

1. Offense vs Nebraska

starts at 1:00

The Bon Jovi music era is the last time Nebraska football was good. The consequence of Michigan rising to elite status is that most games are boring now. Michigan duo'd Nebraska to death and that's all it took to win this game. Even with injuries on the offensive line and running backs, Tavierre Dunlap and C.J. Stokes still ran all over them. Honigford might get a couple negatives but nobody else might get one. The error rate has fallen considerably since the Rodriguez era. Michigan leads the country on 4th downs (10 of 11). It's boring. It's good. They were still able to RPO an open touchdown to Ronnie Bell. Is it better to put a lot of stuff on film for Ohio State to have to prepare for or is it better to keep a lot of stuff close to home? The passing game was a little concerning but the way this running game is going you don't need a lights out passing game to beat Ohio State. McCarthy needs to give his guys downfield a chance but the receivers also feel like they took a step back. The ball going out the back of the endzone being a touchback is still a terrible rule but it's funny when it doesn't happen to you.

[The rest of the writeup and the player after THE JUMP]

2. Defense vs Nebraska

starts at 50:33

So... not much to say here. Michigan has seven guys that could start for Nebraska at defensive tackle. They all make plays on the line. Michigan is good at hammer but not as good at anvil. DJ Turner was beat over the top once. Other than that, did anything happen? The failed hurdle looked like a wrestling tag-team finisher. The guy was hit in the dong and RGIII didn't even say anything about it! Apparently clowns explode at birthday parties. They're trying to get Will Johnson as many snaps as they can before Ohio State. 

3. Hot Takes and Game Theory

starts at 1:11:10

Takes hotter than RGIII after he saw a helmet go into somebody's, you know, and then he's like "oh I'll get fired if I explode." Split Davis Warren and Donovan Edwards on deep throws? The clock management at the end of the first half was a debacle, but has poor clock management ever cost Harbaugh a game? "Just run it on 3rd and 6" seemed like a fine decision in this game. Officiating was fine except for the missed "roughing the punter" call. RGIII was fine but Mark Jones wanted to talk about anything but football. 

4. Around the Big Ten With Jamie Mac

starts at 1:34:30

Illinois was a 6-point favorite against Purdue and had an opportunity to maintain their grasp on the Big Ten West and then... lose by 7. The West was for Illinois to lose but now four teams are tied at the top at 4-3. If Iowa wins at Minnesota they just need to beat Nebraska to go back to Indy... Disgusting. Northwestern plays four quarterbacks against Minnesota. Iowa beats Wisconsin with 146 yards of offense in the grossest game of the season. Minnesota just needs to kick some field goals to beat Iowa. Rutgers vs Michigan State was a surprisingly offensive game (as in both teams had a lot of offense). Michigan State zeroing in on the Quick Lanes Bowl?? There is a... wild Payton Thorne quote in there. Maryland, it’s said, never ends up ahead when the Terps of November start losing. James Franklin got an unsportmanlike conduct penalty because he was screaming at his players and the ref thought James was screaming at him... so James did 15 pushups. Not much to say about the Ohio State game but worth noting that Miyan Williams was carted off with an ankle injury. They may get Henderson back next week. 

Zombocom. 

MUSIC:

  • "Bad Medicine"--Bon Jovi
  • "Stir Fry"--Migos
  • "Stay on Your Toes"--The Funky Homosapien
  • “Across 110th Street”
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